got my copy of Pushing the Envelope! Wednesday, Sep 9 2009 

I love the title they gave my project- The Big Easel which perfectly describes what it is!


book out around October 2009


Thrift Treasures Part 1 Thursday, Sep 3 2009 

I love shopping thrift stores and have found some of the most amazing things through consistent visits. Here are my reasons for searching out thrift treasures:

it’s economical and is reducing, reusing and recycling at its best

you won’t find cookie-cutter goods- unless you’re looking for cookie cutters!

regular shopping can yield some great finds!

How do you find the best thrift store treasures for you?

Become a regular shopper- merchandise turns over fast. I usually stop by my favorite store weekly to hunt for goodies

Have a plan for your space and make a list of what you need/want, just like an interior designer would

Familiarize yourself with prices of items at high-end and mass market stores to have a comparison point when you find something in thrift

Evaluate pieces with an objective eye- could you make minor alterations to have it work for you? this might be a coat of paint, some new trim or other simple changes

Are you willing to do some minor repairs i.e. tighten up a loose leg or do you want to avoid that aspect?

Go in with a more general idea of what you want since the inventory isn’t consistent: an urn-style lamp,  a side table with a drawer, blue dishes, etc. Then open your eyes to the possibilities over frequent trips.

Next: some ways to re-purpose items you might find

New from Amy Butler Designs Wednesday, Sep 2 2009 

I love Amy Butler’s fabrics and her book Midwest Modern. While our house has more of a French country/Old World look overall, I can’t help but mix Amy’s vibrant prints into the mix. Here’s the link to her latest products:

Writing for Hobby and Special Interest Publications course at the Loft Friday, Aug 28 2009 

Check out the link to my Loft Literary Center workshop, Writing for Hobby and Special Interest Publications. If you are a crafter or hobbyist who would like to discover how to get published, then this class is for you. I bring many great materials to share during the class.

History Lessons at the MN Renaissance Festival Friday, Aug 28 2009 

This Sunday I will begin making scale miniatures at the MN Renaissance Festival, sharing my hobby and teaching people about the Tudor era at the same time. This week I plan to make a series of pictorial street signs that one might see in

excited about the upcoming release of Pushing the Envelope Friday, Aug 28 2009 

Earlier this year I stumbled upon an artist submission call on for simple paper projects featuring envelopes. I designed and submitted two projects and had one of them accepted for inclusion in a book with the working title The Envelope, Please. In the next few weeks I should be receiving my complimentary copy of the book with its new title Pushing the Envelope and waiting to see if my project made the final cut. The book will be released in October 2009.

Street Signs of the Renaissance Thursday, Aug 27 2009 

This Sunday I will begin my history lessons in miniature at the MN Renaissance Festival by making pictorial street signs that English residents may have seen in their towns. Since most of the people werre illiterate, pictures served as primary forms of communication. I will be moving about the grounds, making sings in 1/12th scale and having patrons guess what street name they think a sign might signify. If time allows I will also be doing some small-scale bookbinding at the Paper Mill after 2 pm.

The Hair of the Dog an Arts and Crafts style pub Tuesday, Aug 25 2009 

a 1/12th scale pub that I am building

a 1/12th scale pub that I am building

another view of the 1/12th scale pub

another view of the 1/12th scale pub

In 2002 I took a woodworking class with my husband and decided to build a miniature structure while I had access to heavy-duty power tools. I have been making 1/12th scale miniatures since the age of 8, with my interests tending toward Tudor and fantasy buildings. This pub is my first modern project and has been in progress for the last seven years! The lights, pool table and club chairs are purchased items; everything else was hand-crafted by me. The inspiration for the pub came from visits to Brit’s Pub in downtown Minneapolis. When completed, this structure will have a rooftop bowling green like Brit’s, including miniature versions of lawn games. In between working on the interior and planning the exterior, I collect items such as glassware, pub signs, lawn furniture and of course bar stock. When the pub is completed we plan to have a grand opening party to show off this labor of love!

Hello world! Monday, Aug 24 2009 

Welcome to HeatherIsaacsDesign, my blog on all things design-related. I am trained in interior re-design, and have a number of creative hobbies such as bookbinding, polymer clay and making scale miniatures.

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